It’s Monday! What are you Reading? fiction and history

IMWAYRSo last Monday I was feeling very ambitious and listed four children’s books and one adult read.  I did read this week but not as much as I thought. I was back out on the road so reading time was short.

Stillwater by Nicole Helget was my adult read of the week. Helget is a masterful story teller. She weaves the story of three children and the adults around their life during the 1830’s to the 1870’s. We watch as the frontier town of Stillwater grows up along with our characters.search

The eyes and ears of our story are that of Clement, the twin who is left behind at the orphanage while his sister is adopted into a wealthy family with a not to mentally healthy mother. There are nuns, squaws, bounty hunters, loggers, prostitutes, run away slaves and outlaws who help and hinder the lives of Clement, Angel and the runaway slaves son, Davis.

This is a story of loss, family, history and how our paths in life connect in ways we could never expect.

51aC4bZQfxL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick was just published in February and is a great addition to the stories about Hurricane Katrina.  Zane has lost his father. Well, he never really knew his father since he died before Zane was born. As our story begins his mother, who has finally found a long lost relative, sends Zane off to meet his Great Grand mother who raised his father.

Zane, who has been raised by his white mother in the north, now finds himself in New Orleans 9th ward visiting a black Great Grand mother just as Hurricane Katrine enters town. He is struggling to understand his new family, this new town and the people he meets during one of the worst hurricanes to hit New Orleans. ninth-ward1

This would be a great book to pair with Ninth Ward written by  Jewell Parker Rhodes. Each story is about the children’s struggle to survive, and to also understand their deep family roots. One story told from a young girls perspective and the other from a boys.

These books are a perfect fit for a research project about New Orleans and the Hurricane Katrina. They show the authors craft of using real events to create a fictional story that helps us learn about  the people we love and ourselves.

Books waiting to be read –

  • The Cracks in the Kingdom  
  • Rose Under Fire 
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz
  • The Trial 
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About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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One Response to It’s Monday! What are you Reading? fiction and history

  1. Myra GB says:

    I won a copy of Ninth Ward a few years back but haven’t had the chance to read this one yet. I hope to get to it this year. Love your themed reading this week – all about water!

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